Evening News February 01

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Good evening and welcome to the NCWLIFE Evening News. I’m Grant Olson. Before we get to today’s top stories, let’s take a quick look outside our weather window:

And now, a few of the stories we’re following for you tonight– Republican leadership in the State Legislature are adamantly opposed to Democrat Governor, Jay Inslee’s proposed carbon tax and, A two-month investigation leads to a rare bust for the Chelan County Sheriff’s office.

But first, we begin tonight:

In a report released yesterday (Wed.), more excellent economic news as the Wenatchee unemployment rate dropped substantially from December 2016 to December 2017. According to the Employment Security Department, the County-level employment figures and unemployment rate dropped from 6.7-percent in December of 2016 to 5.9-percent in December of 2017. In fact, the December 2017 unemployment rate for the Wenatchee Metropolitan Statistical Area or MSA is the lowest reading for the month of December since electronic records were implemented in 1990, 27 years ago.

The construction industry provided 300 more jobs over the past year, a 12.5-percent upturn. Meanwhile, between December 2016 and December 2017, non-farm employment dipped from 44,100 jobs to 43,900. The report also showed that unemployment rates have been declining in the Wenatchee MSA for the past 14 consecutive months.

Republican leadership in the State Legislature are adamantly opposed to Democrat Governor, Jay Inslee’s proposed carbon tax. Inslee says it would generate revenue, help create new clean energy jobs and reduce the effects of climate change. But House Minority leader, Representative Dan Kristiansen says creating a new tax will not accomplish those goals. . .

A ballot initiative in 2016 that would have established a carbon tax of $25 per metric ton failed by a wide margin winning in only one of Washington’s 39 counties — liberal King County.

A two-month investigation leads to a rare bust for the Chelan County Sheriff’s office. On Tuesday, a second suspect was arrested in a child pornography case in Chelan. What makes the arrest unique is the fact that this time, law enforcement not only arrested the pair on possession of child pornography, they also caught the man creating the explicit photos and videos.

33-year old Timothy R. Smith of Whatcom County was arrested two weeks ago while 34-year old Rudie R. Slater of Wenatchee was arrested on Tuesday. Detectives say Smith sent Slater 100 sexually explicit photos and videos of a 9-year old girl back in November. The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office says that unfortunately possession of child pornography is more common than people realize but to be able to apprehend someone who is manufacturing the material is a rare arrest. Smith is charged with sexual exploitation of a minor and 2nd degree dealing in depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Slater was arrested on suspicion of sexual exploitation of a minor and 100 counts of possession of depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Both men are being held in the Chelan County Regional Justice Center.

Today is an exciting day in history for Wenatchee Rotary Club, they celebrated the clubs birthday and also hosted a panel of medical professionals to dispel myths about hospice care, NCWLife’s Jay Seabeck has the story. . .

Coming up next, A Northeast Washington lawmaker continues his campaign to change the way Grey Wolves are managed and, Crunch Pak in Cashmere is starting the New Year with new nutritious snack items for kids. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

A Northeast Washington lawmaker continues his campaign to change the way Grey Wolves are managed. House Representative, Joel Kretz from Wauconda co-sponsored the legislation that, if passed, would direct the Department of Fish and Wildlife to relocate wolves to reduce conflicts in areas where known interactions have resulted in injury to livestock or dogs. Kretz testified this week at a House Committee hearing on House Bill 2771. . .

Grey Wolves are designated as endangered by the US Department of Fish and Wildlife. There are currently 13 packs located in mostly North East Washington. Kretz’ bill was scheduled to be voted on later today in the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee.

The House has approved legislation that eases restrictions on Microbreweries and Wineries at farmers markets. Under the bill sponsored by Rep. Mark Hargrove, microbreweries would be authorized to fill and sell growlers in addition to offering canned and bottled beer for sale. A prohibition on the sale of strong beer would also be eliminated. Representative Jim Hargrove sponsored the bill. . .

Along with selling bottles of wine, wineries would have the option of providing two-ounce samples of cider and mead, as well as offering bottles or growlers of each beverage for sale. There are currently more than 900 wineries and 400 microbreweries operating in Washington State. House Bill 2419 now moves to the Senate for further consideration.

Crunch Pak in Cashmere is starting the New Year with new nutritious snack items for kids. The company is extending its snacking line with Disney and adding an organic Snacker for distribution at Costco that will include organic apple stix, Cheddar cheese pieces and pretzels in a three-pack option.

Crunch Pak officials say they want to provide preschool-age children with fresh snack options that they find appealing and added, the power of Disney and it’s characters is immeasurable. Since forming a relationship with Disney in 2010, the company has launched 20 new items in a line that is sold in grocery, club, mass and convenience stores nationwide.  This is the second organic Crunch Pak item now carried by Costco.

You’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News. Coming up next, your sports update followed by today’s feature story. That and much more still to come on the NCWLIFE Evening News, stay with us.

On the Les Schwab Scoreboard from BCHL Hockey last night…

The Wenatchee Wild put the pedal to the medal in the third period against Powell River, scoring three goals, including an empty-netter to cap a 5-2 victory at the Town Toyota Center.  Captain AJ Vanderbeck got things going eight minutes into the first period.  Arch Ecker had the call on the Wenatchee Wild Hockey Network…

 

5-2 the final.  It was Wenatchee’s 31st win of the season and helped the Wild keep pace with Division-leading Vernon, who also won last night over Merritt 4-to-1.  The Wild return to the ice in the Wolves’ Den Friday against Coquitlam before hosting Langley Saturday at 7 o’clock.

A reminder that tonight is “Hockey Night” on the NCWLIFE Channel…

It all starts at 7 with Call of the Wild and Clarky’s Corner, followed by the Wild’s game with Nanaimo from a couple Saturday’s ago at the Town Toyota Center.  Tonight on the pre-game, Arch Ecker visits with Head Coach and GM Bliss Littler on the resurgence of the Coquitlam Athletics, whom they’ll face Friday…

Hockey Night, starting at 7 tonight here on the NCWLIFE Channel.

On the Prep Schedule for today in girls basketball…

Cashmere wraps up the regular season tonight at Chelan at 5:45pm.  It’s a battle of 1 vs. 2 in Central Washington 2B League play tonight when 8-and-oh Entiat hosts 7-and-2 Pateros at 6pm.  Manson hopes to hang on to the 6th and final spot in the district tournament with a win tonight at home against Oroville at 6.  The Waterville-Mansfield girls are at Lake Roosevelt, also at 6.

In boys basketball tonight…

Cashmere finishes the regular season at Chelan at 7:15.  Entiat hosts Pateros at 7:30.  Oroville is at Manson with a 7:30 tip time.  And, Waterville-Mansfield faces a must-win situation at Lake Roosevelt tonight to earn the 6th and final spot in the District Tournament at 7:30.

Also on the prep sports schedule today…

The Big 9 District Boys Swimming prelims are today in Moses Lake.  The Diving prelims are tomorrow with the championships Saturday.  Also today, Eastmont and Wenatchee bowlers are at the State 4A girls Championships at Narrows Plaza Bowl at University Place.  They’re bowling six individual games today.  Through the first four, Eastmont is first in the team standings with 3,619 pins to Thomas Jefferson’s 3,310.  Meanwhile, the Wildcat’s Emmalee Montoya is 4th, Samantha Heinz 5th and Rebecca Mains 7th in the individual standings.  The teams will bowl 14 bakers tomorrow starting at 8am.  We’ll keep you up to date throughout on our Facebook Page.  We wish the Wildcats and Panthers best of luck!

 

Thanks Eric…

The Wenatchee Valley now has an option when it comes to recycling batteries, computers, etc. It’s called the E-Waste program. NCWLIFE’s Megan McPherson tells us more. . .

Thank you Megan and you can bring your E-Waste to Pacific Power Batteries located at 742 South Mission in Wenatchee.

We’ll be back in just a moment with a recap of some of today’s stories and your complete local weather forecast right after this.

Time now for a recap of our top story tonight…

In a report released yesterday (Wed.), more excellent economic news as the Wenatchee unemployment rate dropped substantially from December 2016 to December 2017. According to the Employment Security Department, the County-level employment figures and unemployment rate dropped from 6.7-percent in December of 2016 to 5.9-percent in December of 2017. In fact, the December 2017 unemployment rate for the Wenatchee Metropolitan Statistical Area or MSA is the lowest reading for the month of December since electronic records were implemented in 1990, 27 years ago.

The construction industry provided 300 more jobs over the past year, a 12.5-percent upturn. Meanwhile, between December 2016 and December 2017, non-farm employment dipped from 44,100 jobs to 43,900. The report also showed that unemployment rates have been declining in the Wenatchee MSA for the past 14 consecutive months.

After a quiet weather start to our Thursday, our skies have progressively turned cloudy with scattered

showers around the area, as a moist area of high pressure is building into the region from the west. This will allow a wet and active warm front to move into our area early tonight and push across the entire region late tonight and Friday. Moisture with the warm front is fairly significant which will translate into about a 12-16 hour period of wet weather. Not much precipitation is expected in the Wenatchee Valley with this weather system, we could see about a tenth of an inch of moisture and maybe an inch of new snow. We have a 60% chance of showers both late today and tonight and a 20% chance of rain on Friday morning. By late Friday afternoon, high pressure will amplify off the Pacific Coast, which will mean a very mild weather pattern this weekend and into the middle of next week. Our normal high temperature for February 1st in the Wenatchee Valley is 38 degrees, we will see high temperatures on Saturday and Super Bowl Sunday into the lower 50’s.

In our video of the night, we bring you Lila McCann of Denver, Colorado. Her Dad helps with the play-by-play as Lila masters her backyard Ninja Warrior obstacle course. . .

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And that’s going to do it for our newscast tonight. For more on these stories and other news from around North Central Washington, you can find us on Facebook or our website at ncwlife.com. And, remember, if you see news happening we’d like to hear from you.  You can send us an email at news@ncwlife.com, or give us a call 888-NCWL (6295). Also, keep it right here on the NCWLife Channel tomorrow morning for Wake Up Wenatchee Valley with host Dan Kuntz and news with Steve Hair. Thanks for joining us and have a great night.